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Author Topic: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald  (Read 134007 times)

ian mcdonald

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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1260 on: April 24, 2024, 12:18:57 PM »
Common Sandpipers are back along the river.



Marsh Marigolds are in flower.



Siskins were seen on the bird feeders.



A Hare was on the road, as I approached it ran into a field.



Squirrels are regular visitors to the bird feeders.




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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1261 on: April 26, 2024, 04:47:28 PM »


My first sighting of an Osprey this year, I only noticed it because noisy gulls were mobbing it.

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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1262 on: May 06, 2024, 10:27:20 PM »
After months of cold and wet weather we have had a couple of sunny warm days. The last week has brought a good number of Spring flowers along the river, many of them are invasive, non-native species.



Leopards Bane.



Tuberous Comfrey.



Bird Cherry.



Sand Martins are back for the Summer, along with House Martins and Swallows. No sign of Swifts yet.

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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1263 on: May 16, 2024, 09:17:27 PM »
The last two days have been hot and dry after 6 months of rain. Lousewort is flowering on a local golf course.



Milkwort is also in flower.



Sea Campion.



Gorse is full of flower, perhaps due to the wet conditions.



This is what it looks like without the rain.


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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1264 on: June 05, 2024, 04:22:30 PM »
Last week I went with a group of Botanists to look for Knotted Clover. It,s thought that the local site is the most Northerly in the UK for the species. After a short search we found it.



Today I went for a walk past the golf course. The temperature was low, more like March. This must be the coldest June on record. Several plants of Chickweed Wintergreen were in flower.



A Jay visited the bird feeders in the wood but did not stay long.



Three Red Squirrels came to the feeders.



Someone has put a cartoon at the feeders which shows squirrels stealing a sack of food with the text....."it,s not personal-we just decided it was time to hit the supply chain.

I saw a Pebble Hook Tip moth resting on grass.


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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1265 on: June 11, 2024, 04:43:44 PM »
Back to Winter weather, with people wearing Winter cloths and the central heating turned on again. I found 14 Northern Marsh Orchids in a new site.



Hay Rattle is in flower along the river.



A couple of Wrens were churring at me, I think they must have a nest or young nearby.



Dog Daisies are just starting to flower.



A view of the river with impending rain.




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Re: my local patch and wildlife - Ian McDonald
« Reply #1266 on: June 19, 2024, 10:11:49 PM »
Ian where your last photos were taken? I collected seeds on Gagea lutea 2 months ago which is late for us, yours are still blooming incredible.
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